If you plan to attend an Outing, please read this information.

Note: Following each outing description is a “level-of-difficulty” rating: 1=easy to 4=strenuous. This indicates roughly how difficult an outing is likely to be. If in doubt about your skills or endurance, explore plans with the trip leader first. 

October

Thurs. Oct. 23; Day Hike 1-2. Join us to enjoy the Fall Colors! Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details. If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri.-Sun. Oct. 24-26; Service Outing in Red River Gorge, 2-3. For more information see write-up elsewhere in the Happenings or contact Elizabeth Durrell at 513-481-1926 or ejdurrell@mac.com for details.

Sat. Oct. 25, Glenwood Gardens Get Up N’ Go Hike 2. The seasons are a’changin’ and so is Glenwood Gardens. Join me for an invigorating fall hike. We leave the gatehouse promptly at 9 a.m. Located at the end of Glendale-Milford Rd. at Rt. 4 (next to McDonalds). We’ll hike about 3 miles through a variety of restored ecosystems. Call Maria Eckhoff at 513-769-5413 before 8:30 p.m. if you need directions.

Fri.-Sun. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Backpack in the Red River Gorge 2. A fairly challenging beginner backpack trip. Camp at a campground Friday night. About 8 miles on Saturday, 5 on Sunday. Route to be determined based on the skill-level of participants. Supply your own tent and stove; dress for the weather; wear good hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water, snacks, and food. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 for exact Meetup time & place.

November

Mon. Nov. 3, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Trail 1. We will work for a couple of hours maintaining the right of way of the bike path. We meet at Avoca Park at 4 p.m. Bring loppers, gloves and sturdy shoes. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Nov. 5, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 1 p.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sat. Nov. 8, Sharon Woods Early Explorers Hike 2. Enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot during a brisk 5 mile trek through the woods. We’ll set out from the Sharon Centre parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. and possibly wander off the beaten (and paved) track a bit. Enter on the Route 42 side of the park. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 8 p.m. if you need directions.

Sun. Nov. 9, Bike from Hueston Woods 2. We will meet in the lodge parking lot at 11 a.m.  and ride for about 30 miles. This is a gorgeous ride complete with a covered bridge. Bring a lunch and helmets are required. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Tues. Nov 11, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Trail 1. We will work for a couple of hours maintaining the right of way of the bike path. We meet at Avoca Park at 4 p.m. Bring loppers, gloves and sturdy shoes. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Nov. 12, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 1 p.m. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs. Nov. 13, Day Hike 1-2, Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri. Nov. 14, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Fri.-Sun. Nov 14-16, Backpack Wildcat Hollow 1-2. This trail is a 15 mile loop that is suitable for beginners. We will camp at the trailhead on Fri. night and hike Sat. and Sun., returning Sun afternoon. The trail is located near Athens, Ohio. I have equipment to lend on a first come first served basis. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Nov. 19, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 1 p.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs. Nov. 20, Day Hike 1-2, Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri. Nov. 21, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sat. Nov. 22, Glenwood Gardens Get Up N’ Go Hike 2. Get the blood flowing with a brisk winter hike. We leave the gatehouse promptly at 9 a.m. Located at the end of Glendale-Milford Rd. at Rt. 4 (next to McDonalds). We’ll hike about 3 miles through a variety of restored ecosystems. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 8 p.m. if you need directions.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 22-23, Wildlife Viewing Weekend 1. This will begin with a stop at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge before heading on to view the Sandhill Migration at Jasper-Pulaski State Wildlife Refuge in northern Indiana.  We will have accommodations close by for Sat. night and return to West Lafayette on Sun. in time for the Wolf-Bison demonstration at the Wolf Park.  Since we have done this trip in the past, it will be fun to catch up on current numbers of Sandhill Cranes and how the wolves are doing.  Leaders are Evan Denenberg and Elizabeth Durrell, 513-481-1926 or ejdurrell@mac.com.  Contact them to see if space is available since accommodations could be limited.  Camping on your own is also an option.  Contact Elizabeth for information.

Wed. Nov. 26, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 1 p.m. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs. Nov. 27, Annual Hike Before the Bird 2. Whether you’re preparing for a pilgrims’ feast or just need a little fresh air, our brisk 5 mile trek through the quiet woods is a gobbler’s delight. We’ll set out from the Sharon Centre parking lot promptly at 8:30 a.m. so you’ll still have plenty of time for guilt-free holiday festivities. Enter on the Route 42 side of the park. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 8 p.m. if you need directions.

Fri. Nov. 28, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

December

Wed. Dec. 3, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 1 p.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Fri. Dec. 5, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sat. Dec. 6, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Trail 1. We will work for a few hours maintaining the right of way of the bike path. We meet at Avoca Park at 11 a.m. Bring loppers, gloves and sturdy shoes. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Dec. 10, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 1 p.m. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs.-Mon. Dec 11-15, Backpack in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area 3. We will leave Thurs. morning at 8 a.m.  and return Mon. evening. We will hike 35+ miles through the area. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Thurs. Dec. 11, Day Hike 1-2, Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri. Dec. 12, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sat. Dec. 13, Glenwood Gardens Get Up N’ Go Hike 2. Shake those December doldrums with a brisk winter hike. We leave the gatehouse promptly at 9 a.m. Located at the end of Glendale-Milford Rd. at Rt. 4 (next to McDonalds). We’ll hike about 3 miles through a variety of restored ecosystems. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 8 p.m. if you need directions.

Sat. Dec. 13 or 20; Day Hike in Clifton Gorge 2.  A hike in Clifton Gorge could be invigorating with a stop at the Mill for a bite to eat and to view the lights, including those around the town of Clifton. This is a special treat for young and old and the hike will be geared to the ages of those joining.  Contact Elizabeth Durrell at ejdurrell@mac.com to sign up or for more info.

Wed. Dec. 17, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 1 p.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs. Dec. 18, Day Hike 1-2, Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri. Dec. 19, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Dec. 24, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 1 p.m. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Fri. Dec. 26, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 1 p.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sat. Dec. 27, Sharon Woods Early Explorers Hike 2. End the year with your best foot forward as we break in those new hiking boots on a winter hike.  We’ll set out from the Sharon Centre parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. and possibly wander off the beaten (and paved) track a bit. Enter on the Route 42 side of the park. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 8 p.m. if you need directions.

Wed. Dec. 31, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.